October 26, 2012 01:51 PM
The Suffolk County Water Authority has taken steps to ensure its water supply will remain safe and readily available even if Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on or near Suffolk County early next week.
SCWA has bolstered its pump stations with approximately 100 generators that will provide a reserve power supply by automatically activating in the event of a power failure. SCWA has also made arrangements with fuel suppliers to make deliveries to these generators as a top priority.
Additionally, the SCWA will provide fresh water at shelters whenever possible; has arranged to keep additional staff on overtime after shifts if necessary to minimize the impact of employees having difficulty getting to work; and has fully stocked chemicals and fuel levels to ensure ample supplies will be available during and after the storm.
“Our highly-skilled staff is prepared to handle a wide variety of scenarios resulting from this storm,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Szabo. “Our customers should know that we will be here around the clock to address any issues that arise.”
The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York. Serving approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents, the Authority operates without taxing power on a not-for-profit basis.
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